The first time, the 8th Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade (MMRB) of the Russian Armed Forces came to the attention of volunteers from InformNapalm international intelligence community back in 2014. Overall, several investigations have been published about the participation of servicemen of this unit in the aggression against Ukraine which you can find in our interactive database. One of these investigations got its sequel now, in 2020. We identified two more Russian servicemen on the previously published group photos.
In the fall of 2016, InformNapalm investigator Irakli Komaxidze conducted yet another investigation into the participation in the Donbas war of the Russian 8th MMRB (military unit 16544, home base: town of Borzoi, Chechen Republic, Russia). The article presented a group photo showing four Russian servicemen. Three of them were then identified. Four years later, we identified the fourth person on the photograph.
Ruslan Nurgaliyev (Russian: Руслан Нургалиев) was born in Tolyatti on August 5, 1993 and lives in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. In 2013-2016 he served under contract in the Russian 8th MMRB.
On August 17, 2014, in his photo album on social media, Nurgaliyev posted the same group photo. In the comments to the photo he reported about the deployment of his unit to Ukraine: “Departure to Ukraine… we are all going to Ukraine.”
In the next photo (here) we see a group of Russian soldiers ready to be sent to war against Ukraine. The non-statutory uniforms of the servicemen are very conspicuous. In the background on the left, we see a MT-LB VM/K armored vehicle. When the photo is enlarged, various inscriptions can be seen on the vehicle. In 2014and 2015, Russians often resorted to such makeshift attempts to disguise the presence of their regular army in the Ukrainian Donbas. The soldiers were photographed in front of a 2S1 Gvozdika howitzer with the hand-painted side number 432 on it. This number was painted over the original side number, a traditional ploy for Russian occupiers, whom Russia tries to present in the International Court of Justice in The Hague as “Ukrainian rebel miners” who found military equipment in the mines of the Donbas.
Nurgaliyev in the photo is in the first row the second on the right. Also in this photo, there are subjects of the previous investigation: in the first row the second on the left is Konstantinovsky, in the center is Evdokimov
Also, we found Nurgaliyev’s social media account which he created under the username Dark Angel. On this page, he posted a photo of himself with a white armband that the Russian occupiers used in the fighting in eastern Ukraine to distinguish themselves.
In Nurgaliyev’s album, there was also a photo of a shoulder patch of the Ukrainian Kryvbas Battalion.
Also, there was a photo of the Suvorov Medal received for participation in the war against Ukraine. The same medals were awarded to Nurgaliyev’s comrades, as shown in the previous article:
Pages, photos and archives of Ruslan Nurgaliyev
https://vk.com/ruslan1393 (http://archive.is/dK6hl) http://archive.vn/mQkje http://archive.vn/9yGLt http://archive.vn/jEOkX http://archive.vn/OcIJq
https://ok.ru/profile/563083267944 (http://archive.is/EGsxF) http://archive.is/s2V9j http://archive.vn/G18h4
https://www.ok.ru/profile/567759097151 http://archive.ph/t04Pz http://archive.is/zw6Xo http://archive.ph/341lR
https://www.ok.ru/profile/554140375661 http://archive.ph/8Twkn http://archive.ph/3nucy
https://www.ok.ru/profile/566055948974 http://archive.is/Og8GO http://archive.ph/rs4fb http://archive.ph/XmmIH
While studying the circle of Nurgaliyev’s connections, we established the name of another occupier from the Russian 8th MMRB.
Nikolai Olegovich Shevtsov (Russian: Николай Олегович Шевцов), born on January 27, 1993, in the town of Shakhty, Russia.
He served in the Russian 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade, as evidenced by a photo of the certificate to the badge (the certificate indicates the number of the military unit – 63354) and a photo near the military equipment of this unit.
After completing his conscription term, Shevtsov signed a contract for service in the 8th MMRB. It is evidenced by his own comments, friends contacts and photos of military equipment with a tactical marking of this unit – a white circle inscribed in a white square (this photo of a convoy of military equipment was posted in Nurgaliyev’s photo album also).
Also, in Shevtsov’s album was found a photo with white armbands typical of the Russian occupiers. In the photo, Shevtsov is on the far right. The Russian occupation forces used white armbands in both the Crimea and the Donbas
Pages, photos and archives of Nikolai Shevtsov
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